Grants up to $20m to help manufacturers scale

Grants of up to $20 million are on offer to manufacturers in the food and beverage and defence sectors in a bid to help Australian companies scale. 

Food and beverage grants 

Australia’s reputation for premium, safe and high-quality food and beverage products and its close proximity to Asia has set up the sector for further growth overseas. 

The Manufacturing Translation Stream – Food and Beverage Priority grant will support projects that translate research into commercial outcomes thelp Australian food and beverage businesses scale into new markets. 

The Manufacturing Integration Stream – Food and Beverage Priority grant is targeting projects that integrate the food and beverage industry into domestic and international value chains. 

Defence industry opportunities 

The Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Translation Stream – Defence Priority is focused on growing the defence supply chain domestically and internationally, and notes that “Australian manufacturers are in a prime position to take advantage of the increased domestic and global investments in Defence capabilities. 

The Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Integration Stream – Defence Priority, meanwhile, will support projects that integrate Australian businesses into domestic and international defence value chains. 

A combined total of $140 million is on offer through the grants, which are set at between $1 million and $20 million each and administered through the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. 

Applications can be made via, with the food and beverage grants closing April 27 and the defence grants closing April 28. 

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